Following a diet of good healthy foods does not necessarily mean that you will maintain you current weight. To loose weight you have to choose carefully even from the healthy foods because some of them contain a lot of calories.
Knowing the calorie content of foods is essential for weight management, whether you are trying to loose weight or to gain weight, perhaps after an illness, when you want to be sure that the calories are accompanied by protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutritional essentials. The following is a list of foods which will help you gain weight if that is what you want, but should be avoided or restricted if weight loss is your goal.
- Hummus. Chick peas on their own have 143 calories per half-cup, but when they are blended with olive oil and sesame paste, the calorie count increases to about 220 calories per cup. 5 crackers to eat it with will add another 70 odd calories.
- Fruit smoothies, particularly ones containing bananas, can go up to 150 calories per cup. Compare to 75 calories for a glass of wine or 95 for 12oz of beer.
- Nuts vary from chestnuts with only 60 calories per ounce, through peanuts 159, pecans 185 and macadamia nuts 201. Nut butters pack 95-100 calories per tablespoon.
- Cheese servings are usually listed as 100 grams or 3 ounces. This modest amount of cottage cheese has 95 calories and it goes up from there to cheddar cheese which has 429 calories and Parmesan which has 450. Brie comes in at a fairly modest 319.
- Salad dressings including mayonnaise have more calories than one might think. Just olive oil and vinegar adds 100 calories per tablespoon. Unless the dressing is fat-free, you can reckon on around 120 calories per serving (and a tablespoon is not very much).
- Dried fruits like apricots, dates and raisins are very concentrated foods, and therefore high in calories.
- Beans are high calorie on their own; baked beans which include ham and maybe honey or brown sugar
- Avocados average 275 calories each plus many nutritional benefits.